Lucy And The Rats Photos: Matt Hunter
It’s the summer of 2015 and our newest Londoner, Aussie punk rock legend Lucy Spazzy, is bored of playing at home by herself. She needs a band badly so she assembles a bunch of deadbeats and outcasts from the punk rock underworld and starts rehearsing them.
According to a witness, their sound came across like a lab experiment gone wrong; the most delicate of hamsters being savaged by the filthiest sewer rats whilst humming the sweetest of sweet melodies. But with Manu (Thee Tumbitas) on drums and Mike Animal Cannibal and Joe To Lose (Los Perros, Johnny Throttle) on the twin guitar assault, these rodents had some bite and, voila, Lucy and the Rats were born!
It’s chock-full of mean hooks and warm irresistible melodies; Lucy’s delicate voice and harmonies sitting on top of what has become a brilliant powerpop backing band. Onstage, Lucy channels the toughed-up sexiness of Suzi Quatro via Kurt Cobain’s plaid shirt drawer.
They’ve spend the past few years playing all over the world, and in 2018 are adding Japan and Australia to their Two of the many highlights were national tour support for the Buzzcocks and playing onstage with powerpop legend Paul Collins.
Their self-titled debut LP will be officially released Worldwide on May 25th and was recorded in Denia, Spain and produced by Johnny Casino and Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs).
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 220.127.116.11’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.
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